DUBLIN, Ireland: The Irish Defense Forces have received the funding to purchase at least three new primary search radars, local media has reported.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said that a portion of the current government budget has been set aside for the purchase of the radar.
The need for Ireland in obtaining primary search radars was earlier stated in a report by the Commission on the Defense Forces.
The expected purchase will include a primary radar system, providing the most detailed surveillance of Ireland's airspace ever available to the defense forces.
The Journal.ie has reported, "The state-of-the art technology utilized by the radar would be able to detect jets and drones at a range of altitudes. It could also be used to detect low-flying craft being used by drug gangs."
Meanwhile, Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, said this week that part of the Defense budget will be used to purchase the new radar system.
Overall, the budget will include 1.174 billion euros set aside for Defense Group funding an increase of 67 million euros over the 2022 amount. The radar is expected to be set up at sites throughout Ireland, including on top of mountains.